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Episode 0 | Epilepsy, Adventure and the Outdoors in a Pandemic

I wanted to add a little prologue before we get into the season because most of the interviews in the first part of this season were recorded in a very different world to one in which they are being released.

The UK and a lot of the world are on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. And like many in the outdoor community, in some ways seems odd to be releasing an adventure podcast about getting outside, and not washing for days in some cases, when at the moment I am advocating for the opposite - stay close to home, stay inside.

But I do feel that this is what makes Seize Your Adventure is more relevant than ever. As a cross between a good adventure podcast and an epilepsy podcast, it has always toed that narrative between access to the outdoors, and being cut off from it. In many of the stories and interviews in Season Two, we talk about losing the ability to drive to our favourite places, or being stuck in hospital when mother ocean is calling.

Season Two dives even deeper in the ways epilepsy has limited adventurous people, and how more importantly how they have either adapted to these limits. A lot of my guests talk about the long path to acceptance of living with the condition - including the fluctuations in amounts of seizures and way what we are capable of can change so quickly. And we also talk about the mental health difficulties that can spring upon us even when seizure-free - things such as anxiety and depression that are difficult to attribute to either physiology of our brains, or the psychology.


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